UCL Earth Sciences

Prof Eric Oelkers

Prof Eric Oelkers




Professor of Aqueous Geochmistry Kathleen Lonsdale, 113

Courses Taught:

GEOL1012: Surface Processes (Field trip)

GEOL3043: Earth Resources and Sustainability

GEOL3049: Advanced Geochemistry

GEOL3011: Geosciences Report (Contributor)

GEOLM003: Earth and Planetary System Science (Contributor)


Research Group(s):

Geochemistry and Environmental Hazards

Email Address:

Telephone Number: 

e.oelkers@ucl.ac.uk 020 3108 6365 (56365)

Eric was born in New York City before moving to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to peruse an undergraduate degree in Chemistry.  Cured of a life in pure chemistry by a summer internship, he completed undergraduate degrees in Geology and in Chemistry, and them his PhD in Geochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.  Following his degrees, Eric moved to Toulouse France, where he spent the better part of two decades performing research as a CNRS scientist and research director focusing much of his research on experimental geochemistry.  He continues an association with the CNRS in Toulouse and as an adjunct professor at the University of Iceland as part of his international research program.

Eric’s research focuses on developing the fundamental geochemical basis for sustainable growth  and managing the Earth.    Some of his current/recent projects include:

  • Carbon capture and storage, focusing on the subsurface mineralization of carbon dioxide – including co-managing the CARBFIX project in Iceland (www.carbfix.com)
  • Quantifying the global cycles of the elements and the feedback between Earth surface weathering and climate.
  • Development and refinement of isotopic tools to quantify past climates and environmental processes.

Quantifying the kinetics and thermodynamics of fluid-rock interaction

Research Publications

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